Timber sales program near Powell River receives clean audit

VICTORIA – An audit of the British Columbia Timber Sales (BCTS) program and timber sale licensees near Powell River found timber harvesting and forest road work met all legislative requirements, according to a report released today.

“These operators are carrying out forest practices as the public expects them to, by following the Forest and Range Practices Act,” said board chair Bruce Fraser.

The audit opinion is based on examining more than 30 cutblocks, over 300 kilometres of roads, 89 bridges and operational planning carried out by BCTS and timber sale licence-holders in the Sunshine Coast Forest District.

The audit report also identifies one area of improvement and notes two good practices carried out by BCTS.
BCTS had identified deficiencies on two forest service roads before it took over responsibility for the roads. The deficiencies were located close to important fisheries values, but BCTS did no maintenance because negotiations to secure access through adjacent private property failed. BCTS has since worked out a road access agreement and plans to do the needed maintenance.

The audit report also commends BCTS for good work inventorying a red-listed trailing raspberry for the BC Conservation Data Centre, and for limiting, or compensating for, damage to fish and fish habitat when transferring logs into the ocean at two log dumps.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board audits forest and range practices on public lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.

More information can be obtained by contacting:

Helen Davies
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 213-4730 / 1 800 994-5899